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IPD Senior Fellow Jeremy Paltiel spoke to CBC News on Ukraine, suggesting that Russia’s actions force Beijing into a dilemma over its principles and image in the international community.
The following are excerpts from the original piece published on February 25, 2022.
In the end, if they do condemn it, then Xi Jinping ends up with egg on his face, because he went out of his way to praise Putin just a few days ago… And on the other hand, if they fail to condemn this altogether, then their friends in the post-colonial world will wonder about China’s stance on sovereignty. It’s really difficult.